George Stephanopoulos Apologizes on Air for Donation Controversy
The anchor and political correspondent said he "should have gone the extra mile" in disclosing his donation to the Clinton Global Foundation
George Stephanopoulos has taken to the air after his journalistic credibility was called into question for not publicly disclosing a $75,000 donation to the Clinton Foundation – an organization that the ABC News chief political correspondent and Good Morning America co-anchor has covered for ABC.
Following a statement released on Thursday, in which he apologized and said he thought the contributions were a matter of public record, Stephanopoulos, 54, addressed viewers on GMA Friday.
“Over the last several years, I have made substantial donations to dozens of charities, including the Clinton Global Foundation. Those donations were a matter of public record,” he said. “But I should have made additional disclosures on-air when we covered the foundation and I now believe directing personal donations to that foundation was a mistake.”
“Even though I made them strictly to support work done to stop the spread of AIDS, help children and protect the environment in poor countries, I should have gone the extra mile to avoid even the appearance of a conflict. I apologize to all of you for failing to do that.”
ABC defended Stephanopoulos Thursday, saying “He should have taken the extra step to notify us and our viewers during the recent news reports about the Foundation. He’s admitted to an honest mistake and apologized for that omission. We stand behind him.”